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Dealing with an Unexpected Inheritance

Sometimes, you might be expecting to receive an inheritance and you know what to do with it before it comes. However, if you receive an unexpected inheritance, you might not know what all of your options are and what to do with the inheritance. An estate planning attorney can assist you in making sure that you do everything you need to do with the inheritance.

In some cases, you might not want the inheritance. For example, if you have to pay taxes on inherited real estate, owning the property might not be a good option in some financial circumstances. In this case, you can disclaim the inheritance. However, you have a limited time to do so and you must make your disclaimer properly. An attorney can help you disclaim an inheritance properly.

In other cases, you might need to pay taxes on an inheritance. Experienced estate planning attorneys are used to explaining what taxes need to be paid and when. The attorney can make sure that you do not get in trouble with the taxing authorities.

An estate planning attorney can help you with an unexpected inheritance in other ways. In most cases, your conversation with the attorney will be relatively short. The important thing is to have the conversation and make sure that you do everything right.